We recently converted one of our environments to AHV/Acropolis from ESX/VCenter.
All is well and runs just fine.
One of the caveats is, we have a tertiary machine we use in “disaster” type scenarios and with this machine we would use our backup solution to “backup” a VM to and run with VMWare Workstation.
As I understand it, Nutanix does not offer a “Workstation” type solution, so I am reaching out to hopefully receive some feedback on what a “new” solution would entail.
Could I build a small PC and run Community edition on it?
Can communtiy edition run on say an i9/32gb RAM/1TB ssd or does it need N+1 to function?
This way I could point my backup solution to the new cluster or have my cluster be aware of a NAS solution and ingest the AHV VM as needed in these type scenarios.
Any feedback will help me in the endeavor!
Best answer by MMSW_DE
If I understand the scenario correctly, this is about “Where do we run our VMs when our only cluster is on fire?”.
I’m quite positive that you can’t leverage any AOS or backup software feature to copy VMs to a CE cluster.
I don’t know the Veeam AHV solution and its features, but with Hycu, it’s possible to export vdisk images to e.g. network shares, where they can be converted to vmdk files that can be attached to Vmware VMs. Please note that it is only vdisks that can be offloaded this way, not complete VMs including their config. VMs will have to be prepared on the standby system.
Tested by exporting AHV vdisk file (RAW format) from Hycu to network share, converting it to VMDK, uploading it to ESXi 5.5 datastore and attaching it to a VM that was configured similar to original Ntx VM. ESXi VM needed another reboot to take care for newly discovered devices, but basically ran fine.
Maybe any of this can be scripted for periodic vdisk exports.